Jul
25

Chris Capuano added to roster, will start tomorrow

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The Yankees have added Chris Capuano to the active roster and designated Chris Leroux for the assignment, the team announced. Capuano, who acquired in a minor trade with the Rockies yesterday, will start tomorrow’s game. Shane Greene has been pushed back to Sunday and Chase Whitley is in the bullpen. The Yankees are still carrying eight relievers and three bench players, though I think that will change sometime soon. Jeff Francis‘ days may be numbered.

  • Daniel

    Who knows, it may be Capuanos who’s days are numbered. We may find out tomorrow night.

  • kenthadley

    Can someone compare/contrast Capuano vs. Francis? Not stats wise, but stuff wise, effectiveness, etc. Just wondering what the difference is, since they both seem to be soft tossing veteran lefties who’ve had limited success.

    • Preston

      They are both very similar in terms of pitch selection. Both are tall lefties who primarily use a sinker, then mix in a curve, slider, and change. Francis seems to utilize his curve ball more. The big difference is that Capuano has been averageing 89 with his FB/sinker, while Francis has been averageing 86. They’re both soft tossers but that 3 mph is a big difference.

      • kenthadley

        Thanks, that’s a good comparison.

  • Chip

    Fly ball pitcher vs. homer happy team in Yankee Stadium…well that’s gonna suck.

    • vicki

      yeah, but they’ve got hutchison going, so there is that.

  • RetroRob

    I gather he was starting in the minors and is stretched out enough for five, with Whitley backing him up. Eventually, Whitely is going to have to go to the pen again with his innings limit. Not sure Capuano is the solution, but the latest bandaid

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense

      7 IP and 96 pitches his last start, so he should be good to go pretty much unrestricted.

      • Preston

        Well he’s still restricted by his talent level.

        • Yankee$

          +1

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense

          So 2.1 innings then?

          /onlyhalfkidding

  • Scott

    I usually don’t get too caught up in Girardi’s line up decisions, as I don’t think it usually makes too much difference but here is today’s:

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Ellsbury CF
    Beltran DH
    McCann 1B
    Headley 3B
    Suzuki RF
    Roberts 2B
    Cervelli C

    Why is Beltran batting 4th? Why not McCann, also Headley should hit 5th, Beltran 6th (basically swap them), then Cervelli, then Roberts and Ichiro last. Why the hell is Ichiro batting 7th? Makes no sense

    • Moose

      I think the logic behind that is to split up the lefties.

    • Frankie Cerveddardi

      I agree, Frankie has been hot as a pistol. Ichiro shouldn’t be batting anywhere in this lineup. He’s a PR and defensive replacement. I’ve been saying all along that a power bat in RF is the most important piece the Yankees need to add in the next 6 days.

      • TheRealGreg

        Ichiro is batting .421 career against Mark Buerhle and as has been noted, hits better against lefties. He should be in today.

        I actually like Cervelli in the 9 because he sets up Gardner

    • swizmo

      L-R-L-S-L-S-L-S-R.

      Girardi will do anything to keep two lefties or two righties from batting consecutively.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense

      McCann not batting 4th is probably primarily about splitting the lefties.
      Should probably switch Beltran and Headley though. Maybe they just want to ease Headley in a bit?

      Ichiro shouldn’t be batting 7th, but he’s been good vs. LHP and has good career numbers against Buehrle, so it may not be as horrible as it seems.

    • mitch

      does it really matter? The actual players in the lineup are a lot more concerning than the order. As long as Gardner and Ellsbury are in the top three i think you could shuffle the other 7 in any way and it wouldn’t make a difference.

    • RetroRob

      I wouldn’t get too caught up in line-up order. There is probably little in baseball where fans spend a great deal of time arguing about, but has fairly minimal differences to game outcome than lineups.

      I’m not saying there isn’t some benefit, but it’s so minimal when balanced against reality that it borders on comical.

  • mt

    Not surprised at this – Capuano’s biggest asset is that he was stretched out as a starter (in minors) while Jeff Francis was not. This has been made even worse with Francis only pitching one inning since he got here.

    Jays, of course, may break the YS3 loss streak tonight anyway but it will be a miracle if the streak survives Capuano’s start tomorrow.

    Yanks probably felt they really needed to pull the plug on converted starter Whitley ASAP. Also the next start after tomorrow for Capuano would be scheduled to be Friday August 1 against Red Sox in Boston – maybe a better staring pitcher acquired by Cashman at the deadline will actually be making that Fenway start (or they skip Capuano for Greene and then the new acuisition takes the turn a couple of days later.)

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    I dunno, I read this story and say, “Wha?”

    • L’il Jon

      TURN DOWN FOR WHA?!?!

      • Failed Attempt

        BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO … #FAIL

  • http://www.computerdoctorswebsitedesign.com Computer Doctors

    The lineup looks better with Headley in it but I agree a power hitting RF is imperative to pick up in the next 6 days. I do not like Capuano but he is an arm with a heartbeak, lets try to pick up another atleast decent option to put out there every 5th day…I am still all over the Hamels bandwagon and I will reiterate a package of 3 prospects for him should get it done….Romine/Murphy, Servino and Mason Williams/Bichette jr. pull the trigger….

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There is no way in hell that package gets you Cole Hamels.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        In a Phillies fan version of hell where Amaro is the GM for the rest of time incarnate, that gets the Yankees Hamels.

        • Yankee$

          I think the Phillies Fan version of hell is happening right now.

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            No, it could get worse for them. I’m not exactly sure how, but I know things can always get worse.

  • ruralbob

    The swallows come back to Capuano

    • nyyankfan_7

      Where the beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.

    • vicki

      coincidentally, the state bird of toronto is the swallow.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Not sure if I’m missing (or incorrectly imputing) an oblique “BJs” joke here.

        • vicki

          surely attributing a “state bird” to a canadian city gave it away?

    • entonces

      So now Yanks have two Boston rejects on staff. Can Rich Hill be far behind?

      Don’t see how Capuano is step up from Whitley. And why worry about Whitley’s innings when Girardi doesn’t seem to worry much about Dellin’s, D-Rob’s or Warrens? And those three guys may juat be the reason this team is not ten games below .500.

      • nyyankfan_7

        maybe he doesn’t worry about their innings because they didn’t get shelled 4 out of their last 5 outings?

        maybe he isn’t worried about their innings because this isn’t the first time in their careers that they have thrown over 85 innings?

        maybe he isn’t worried about their inning because he is a hell of a lot smarter than you?

        • Troll

          Simmah down, couyon. Dis boy’s gots dee rage, no?

  • Ac1

    Two man bench and eight man bullpen including Whitley and Francis as long men and playing both catchers. Makes sense.. Eye roll:

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      If it goes past tomorrow, I’ll be shocked.

    • TheRealGreg

      As Mike said, Francis might be gone

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’m just going to come out and say it.

    The number of off-topic comments in these threads is getting really distracting. Why do I need to read about the lineup in a thread about Capuano? Why do I need to read about Adam Dunn and Matt Kemp in the thread on Rusney Castillo?

    One of the small things I think still separates the commentary on here from that on other blogs is that, while we have our fun, we stay on topic. This isn’t one running conversation that continues regardless of what the post is. Lately, and especially with newer screennames, it seems that way. I really hope it stops and that some of the existing culture here is respected.

    Also, Cashman failed.

    • TWTR

      “Also, Cashman failed.”

      This has become a projective psychology test, which is kind of cool, but also very telling.

    • nyyankfan_7

      Sounds like somebody needs a hug

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Nah, that’s not what he needs at all.

    • Lehman College Rocks !!

      you sir, are a shining beacon of clarity on a city island foggy day

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Jorge longs for a bygone day of this site when TSJC scared away the trolliest of the trolls with a single clever put down.

      • Troll

        You’s a weird fella, mon ami. Y’all tack dese interweb talky-boards a tad too seriously. Ya also done soun’ like a tool, but Ah done digress.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Wrong as usual.

          By the way, are you typing that way to sound like that one woman who just competed on Hell’s Kitchen?

          • Troll

            Dis be how Ah speak, capon. Born on dee bayou Ah was.

    • Yankee$

      Cashman failed is always on-topic.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Which is why he said it.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense

      I wouldn’t consider a discussion of alternatives in a thread about a potential OF target to be off-topic at all.

      The lineup discussion I’ll agree is off topic.

    • Farewell Mo
      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Hey! Do you know how fun it is to yell at a bunch of worthless teenagers?

    • TO

      I suppose if the off topics were ray rice kicking his girlfriends ass or the problems on the border I could see your point. But a line up discussion about the yanks or a discussion of two outfielders that may be traded in a thread about a free agent Of’er the yanks are looking at are Yankees related. I believe this is a Yankees blog no?

  • nyyankfan_7

    Dear Jorge Steinbrenner,

    I believe this is the correct post for this-

    Raul Mondesi vs. Danny Tartabull vs. Jesse Barfield

    3-way No-Holds-Barred cage match.

    Who wins?

    • Preston

      Now or in their respective primes. Eh, doesn’t matter, I’m going with the Mayor either way.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    he wasn’t good enough for Boston, and he’s starting tomorrow. Oy.

    I hope the bats are ready to break out, because it might be one of those “need to outhit the pitching” days.

    • TheRealGreg

      In 3 games in the bullpen, he pitched to a 2.70 ERA against Toronto. SSS, I know. But it’s all we’ve got to work with.

      Whitley gave up 7 hits to the Rangers, and got bailed out a couple of times with their baserunning, so it might be the slightest of upgrades.

  • Preston

    Whitley has thrown 86 innings this year, as a former reliever his previous high was 83 and he only threw 67 last season. Moving him to the pen now allows him to finish out the season helping the pen. If you keep him in the rotation he’d have to get shut down after maybe 5 more starts and be done for the year. They have 5 more years of team control over the guy and he can probably be a good cheap long man 6th starter, no need to break him. There are plenty of Jeff Francises and Chris Capuanos laying around that you can run into the ground.

  • Jeff Francis

    Run me into the ground….PLEASE!

  • trollhunter

    No improvement over Whitley with this clown shoes

  • AC

    Give Francis a look at least. Huff may need to be DFA instead.

  • Dugan

    Another castoff Signed by Cashman.He did his usuaL POOR PERFORMANCE TODAY!Levine,get all over Cashman before the dealine so our Yanks have a fighting
    chance for the playoffs! !!